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  • 4-H Healthy Living Programs

  • 4-H Healthy Living Programs

    4-H healthy living programs help 4-H youth learn how to lead lives that balance physical, mental, and emotional health. 4-H healthy living programs are available through local 4-H clubs and through grant-funded programs. Focus areas for 4-H healthy living programs include nutrition, childhood obesity, drug awareness, bullying prevention, health and fitness, safety, stress management, and food science.

    4-H healthy living programs and enrollment are managed by local offices – find a local 4-H office near you. For questions regarding 4-H healthy living programs, please contact your local 4-H office. Use our healthy events checklist to make your 4-H events healthy.

    4-H healthy living programs are designed to help 4-H youth learn about living a healthy lifestyle through fun, hands-on activities and projects. Youth participate in 4-H healthy living programs through schools, 4-H clubs, and camps.

    4-H healthy living activities and subject areas include (but are not limited to):

    • Cooking and baking
    • Nutrition
    • Food science
    • Physical fitness
    • Yoga
    • Safety
    • Conflict resolution
    • Personal well-being

    In addition, some states offer special programs such as:

    • 4-H Michigan: Jump Into Foods, Fun, and Fitness
    • 4-H Maryland and 4-H Delaware: Up for the Challenge (nutrition and physical fitness)
    • 4-H New Mexico: Super Snacking
    • 4-H Utah: Discover 4-H Fitness Clubs and Discover 4-H Spa and Relaxation Clubs
    • 4-H Illinois: Get Up and Move
    • 4-H Illinois, 4-H Nebraska, 4-H Idaho, 4-H Washington, 4-H Delaware: 4-H Food Smart Families
    • 4-H New York: Choose Health for Food, Fun, and Fitness
    • 4-H Louisiana: Living Your Financial Experience (LYFE) and Smart Bodies

    For more information about 4-H healthy living programs near you, please contact your local 4-H office.

    4-H healthy living curriculum provide high quality and affordable educational resources for both 4-H volunteers and staff as well as for parents and teachers outside of the 4-H system. Anyone – 4-H members and non-members – can purchase 4-H healthy living curriculum through the 4-H Mall. 4-H healthy living curriculum topics include health and fitness, food science, nutrition, and making smart decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. Purchase 4-H healthy living curriculum on the 4-H Mall.

    Your local 4-H office is your key to getting started in 4-H. They can tell you which 4-H healthy living programs are available in your area and how your child can get involved. Use the Find Your Local 4-H locator to find a local 4-H office and begin the process of enrolling your child in 4-H.